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Artificial intelligence and disability: too much promise, yet too little substance?

Smith, Peter and Smith, Laura (2020) Artificial intelligence and disability: too much promise, yet too little substance? AI and Ethics, 1 (1). pp. 81-86. ISSN 2730-5953

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Much has been written about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to support, and even transform, the lives of disabled people. It is true that many advances have been made, ranging from robotic arms and other prosthetic limbs supported by AI, decision support tools to aid clinicians and the disabled themselves, and route planning software for those with visual impairment. Many individuals are benefiting from the use of such tools, improving our accessibility and changing lives. But what are the true limits of such tools? What are the ethics of allowing AI tools to suggest different courses of action, or aid in decision-making? And does AI offer too much promise for individuals? I have recently undergone a life changing accident which has left me severely disabled, and together with my daughter who is blind, we shall explore the day-to-day realities of how AI can support, and frustrate, disabled people. From this, we will draw some conclusions as to how AI software and technology might best be developed in the future.

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Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2023 08:52
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Author: Peter Smith
Author: Laura Smith

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